Noted photographer documented New Orleans’s black community
The Historic New Orleans Collection is pleased to announce that it has received the archive of noted New Orleans photojournalist Harold F. Baquet (1958–2015) in a donation that was arranged by Baquet’s widow Cheron Brylski. A seventh-generation New Orleanian, Baquet worked for numerous news outlets and photographed the administrations of Mayor Ernest N. “Dutch” Morial (1978–1986) and his successor, Sidney Barthelemy (1986–1994), before accepting a position with Loyola University New Orleans in 1989. (more…)
2016 Summer issue
TAKING NOTES: Money in Louisiana
Since 1983, The Historic New Orleans Collection Quarterly has brought historical essays, news of recent acquisitions, and announcements of The Collection’s events, exhibitions, and educational programs to its readers. All issues from fall 1999 to the present are available online as PDF files. The 2016 summer Quarterly is now available.
American Association of State and Local History recognizes “Purchased Lives”
The American Association for State and Local History has announced that The Historic New Orleans Collection is the recipient of an Award of Merit for its 2015 exhibition Purchased Lives: New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade, 1808–1865. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 71st year, are the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history. (more…)
THNOC French Quarter oral history project
The Vieux Carré has been the center of the cultural and social life of New Orleans since the city’s inception. Generations of artists, writers, restaurateurs, bartenders, bankers, exotic dancers, Catholic priests, fortunetellers, tourists, and others have haunted these 78 squares of brick and mortar for nearly three centuries. (more…)
Recent exhibition on domestic slave
trade to travel to new locations
The Historic New Orleans Collection is proud to announce that it has received three grants totaling more than $340,000 to support its recent exhibition on the domestic slave trade traveling in different formats to host sites around the country. (more…)
Podcasts reflecting on the city’s lost and neglected history.
TriPod: New Orleans at 300 is an innovative radio history of New Orleans, released in weekly segments as our city approaches its tricentennial in 2018. Each TriPod episode is a micro-documentary that delves deeper into the familiar and questions what we think we know about New Orleans history.
To Be Sold: The American Slave Trade
from Virginia to New Orleans
On Saturday, March 21, 2015, The Historic New Orleans Collection, Library of Virginia, and University of New Orleans’s Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies joined forces to present a one-day, two-city symposium on the domestic slave trade. To Be Sold: The American Slave Trade from Virginia to New Orleans featured internationally recognized scholars, including Maurie D. McInnis, Calvin Schermerhorn, Walter Johnson, and more. (more…)
Chronicling ten years after Katrina
Explore the historical events that have shaped New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina’s 2005 landfall with this interactive timeline. The timeline is a component of the exhibit
Katrina Decade: Images of an Altered City.
Produced in conjunction with
the exhibition “Purchased Lives”
The Historic New Orleans Collection’s current exhibition Purchased Lives: New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade, 1808–1865, features a selection of advertisements placed in the Southwestern Christian Advocate by former slaves looking for their loved ones. More than 330 of these ads are now available in an online, searchable database developed by THNOC.
John T. Magill
Nationally renowned Historian and Senior Curator John T. Magill is retiring from The Collection after 30 years of service. Read all about it in a New Orleans Advocate article by Dominic Massa.